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In a new battle for the Pacific, the United States and China force allies in the region | Simon Tisdal

cormorantU.S. efforts to counter China’s military expansionism and political influence in the Indo-Pacific last week bolstered defenses and Security related with the Philippines.

But U.S. President Joe Biden’s success in developing bilateral and multilateral alliances was not so much a sudden desire for a closer partnership with Washington as a growing sense of caution across the region against Beijing. It may be related.

Many people in small, traditionally non-aligned countries will not want their governments to take sides out of fear of being caught in the middle. This rebroadcast battle for the Pacific looks disturbing like a Second Cold War warmup.

China’s often harshly enforced sovereignty claims over much of the South China Sea alienated neighbors, It has sparked many conflicts over freedom of navigation, disputed islands and energy resources.

Beijing’s constant threats to Taiwan, its massive military build-up, its useless response to the pandemic, and its support for Russia’s war in Ukraine fit into a broader pattern of obnoxious arrogance and tyrannical behavior.

president Xi Jinping’s claim China simply wants a stable, prosperous, multipolar world where each country goes its own way, free from outside interference and Western notions of “universal” democracy and human rights. It really boils down to a transparent bid by China replace america We will demonstrate our unique global leadership and overthrow the post-1945 international rules-based order.

Western analysts sometimes mistakenly think that Mr. Xi is a genius with a strategic master plan he doesn’t really have. Xi is not a charismatic giant like Mao, but like Mao, he makes colossal mistakes.

His policies have exacerbated China’s recent recession. communist rule Beyond sole proprietorships. The misunderstood coronavirus lockdown and property market debt crisis were also his fault.

At its core, Xi Jinping is just another fallible opportunist politician focused on power. his new buzzword – securitization – primarily to maintain unshakable supremacy for himself and the party.

Xi’s “Wolf Warrior” diplomatic offensive is one of Xi’s biggest failures. Given his mandate to show the world China’s “combatant spirit”, these verbal, sometimes physical, aggressive envoys severe damage its international image.

Last fall, President Xi, concerned about slow economic growth, trade friction, and domestic unrest, suppress Later, adopting a non-confrontational tone with the West, his growling envoy meeting, meeting With Biden in Bali.

not yet wolf warrior, Including Qin Gang, the new foreign minister, still gaining weight after about six months.Offensive Remarks by China’s Ambassador to Manila in Manila threaten safety The number of Filipinos working in Taiwan is a good example.

The ensuing backlash helped boost public support for last week’s White House deal with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos that confirmed the US has access to four military bases.

Marcos tried to balance his relationship with his two big kids on the block. China is the Philippines’ largest trading partner. He visited Beijing in January. But Manila, like Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and other neighboring countries, fears being squeezed by China’s bullying, represented by superpower competition, harassment of the Philippines. coast guard ship – You may have tilted the scale.

U.S. officials said they ” open the dooracross the region. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken pushed his advantage, plead with Vietnamese leaders in April.

Biden, meanwhile, traveled to Hiroshima this month for the G7 summit, to Australia For the conference of the Quad, a group that includes India and Japan and seeks to curb China’s influence.

US military cooperation with Australia is growing through the new Aukus agreement and enhanced base sharing. Japan, already a close ally, Defense spending doubled. Biden recently updated the US nuclear guarantee for Korea.

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Many in the region remain wary of both China and the United States.Malaysia’s new prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, apparently Dispose well toward Beijing.but he categorically refuse Its maritime claims. new zealand It also treads fine lines.

The United States, as part of its intensifying global “decoupling” to recruit regional allies, China It presents a particular challenge for Biden, given his vows to boost democracy around the world.

indian leader, Narendra Modi act dictatorially. One-party Vietnam is not a beacon of democracy. sea ​​bream, Facing major elections on May 14, it is a viciously clinging force to democracy. Myanmar generals have already destroyed it.

But the Indo-Pacific governments certainly recognize that U.S. policy is not ultimately motivated by idealism or altruism. Washington, like other great powers, is ultimately working to maintain global dominance and secure profits in any way it can.

Europe and the EU, which are re-examining their relationship with China, face the same dilemma.French Emmanuel Macron It advocates a conciliatory, non-judgmental approach and greater autonomy from the United States. Others are vehemently opposed, and Beijing is actively fomenting these divisions. isolated uk There are concerns about , but few people care what it thinks anymore.as the choice coronation representative Shaw, China certainly isn’t.

Ukraine distorts the discussion. Many Europeans are desperate to keep the United States on their side as the war rages on. Their worst nightmare is the United States walking away under re-elected Donald Trump.

In any case, Biden is now inexplicably trying to make America’s case for ever closer European-Asian integration by unnecessarily angering, scaring, and marginalizing other nations. It seems that we can rely on Xi Jinping, who is not so grumpy and omnipotent.

Take, for example, the recent insulting proposal by China’s wolf-warrior envoy to Paris, Lu Xie, that former Soviet republics are not truly independent sovereign states.was abnormal Stupid own goal.

Beijing grumbled and distanced himself from Lu, but did not apologize. This episode offers a useful lesson. If this is what China’s future global leadership means, watch out.

Summarize this content to 100 words cormorantU.S. efforts to counter China’s military expansionism and political influence in the Indo-Pacific last week bolstered defenses and Security related with the Philippines.But U.S. President Joe Biden’s success in developing bilateral and multilateral alliances was not so much a sudden desire for a closer partnership with Washington as a growing sense of caution across the region against Beijing. It may be related.Many people in small, traditionally non-aligned countries will not want their governments to take sides out of fear of being caught in the middle. This rebroadcast battle for the Pacific looks disturbing like a Second Cold War warmup.China’s often harshly enforced sovereignty claims over much of the South China Sea alienated neighbors, It has sparked many conflicts over freedom of navigation, disputed islands and energy resources.Beijing’s constant threats to Taiwan, its massive military build-up, its useless response to the pandemic, and its support for Russia’s war in Ukraine fit into a broader pattern of obnoxious arrogance and tyrannical behavior.president Xi Jinping’s claim China simply wants a stable, prosperous, multipolar world where each country goes its own way, free from outside interference and Western notions of “universal” democracy and human rights. It really boils down to a transparent bid by China replace america We will demonstrate our unique global leadership and overthrow the post-1945 international rules-based order.Western analysts sometimes mistakenly think that Mr. Xi is a genius with a strategic master plan he doesn’t really have. Xi is not a charismatic giant like Mao, but like Mao, he makes colossal mistakes.His policies have exacerbated China’s recent recession. communist rule Beyond sole proprietorships. The misunderstood coronavirus lockdown and property market debt crisis were also his fault.At its core, Xi Jinping is just another fallible opportunist politician focused on power. his new buzzword – securitization – primarily to maintain unshakable supremacy for himself and the party.Xi’s “Wolf Warrior” diplomatic offensive is one of Xi’s biggest failures. Given his mandate to show the world China’s “combatant spirit”, these verbal, sometimes physical, aggressive envoys severe damage its international image.Last fall, President Xi, concerned about slow economic growth, trade friction, and domestic unrest, suppress Later, adopting a non-confrontational tone with the West, his growling envoy meeting, meeting With Biden in Bali.not yet wolf warrior, Including Qin Gang, the new foreign minister, still gaining weight after about six months.Offensive Remarks by China’s Ambassador to Manila in Manila threaten safety The number of Filipinos working in Taiwan is a good example.The ensuing backlash helped boost public support for last week’s White House deal with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos that confirmed the US has access to four military bases.Marcos tried to balance his relationship with his two big kids on the block. China is the Philippines’ largest trading partner. He visited Beijing in January. But Manila, like Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and other neighboring countries, fears being squeezed by China’s bullying, represented by superpower competition, harassment of the Philippines. coast guard ship – You may have tilted the scale.U.S. officials said they ” open the dooracross the region. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken pushed his advantage, plead with Vietnamese leaders in April.Biden, meanwhile, traveled to Hiroshima this month for the G7 summit, to Australia For the conference of the Quad, a group that includes India and Japan and seeks to curb China’s influence.US military cooperation with Australia is growing through the new Aukus agreement and enhanced base sharing. Japan, already a close ally, Defense spending doubled. Biden recently updated the US nuclear guarantee for Korea.Skip past newsletter promotionsArchie Bland and Nimo Omer reveal the top stories and what they mean for free every weekday morning”,”newsletterId”:”Morning Briefing”,”successDescription”:”First edition will be sent on weekdays”}” clientOnly>Privacy Notice: The newsletter may contain information about charities, online advertising and content funded by external parties. For more information, privacy policyWe use Google reCaptcha to protect our website and Google. privacy policy and terms of service application.After newsletter promotionMany in the region remain wary of both China and the United States.Malaysia’s new prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, apparently Dispose well toward Beijing.but he categorically refuse Its maritime claims. new zealand It also treads fine lines.The United States, as part of its intensifying global “decoupling” to recruit regional allies, China It presents a particular challenge for Biden, given his vows to boost democracy around the world.indian leader, Narendra Modi act dictatorially. One-party Vietnam is not a beacon of democracy. sea ​​bream, Facing major elections on May 14, it is a viciously clinging force to democracy. Myanmar generals have already destroyed it.But the Indo-Pacific governments certainly recognize that U.S. policy is not ultimately motivated by idealism or altruism. Washington, like other great powers, is ultimately working to maintain global dominance and secure profits in any way it can.Europe and the EU, which are re-examining their relationship with China, face the same dilemma.French Emmanuel Macron It advocates a conciliatory, non-judgmental approach and greater autonomy from the United States. Others are vehemently opposed, and Beijing is actively fomenting these divisions. isolated uk There are concerns about , but few people care what it thinks anymore.as the choice coronation representative Shaw, China certainly isn’t.Ukraine distorts the discussion. Many Europeans are desperate to keep the United States on their side as the war rages on. Their worst nightmare is the United States walking away under re-elected Donald Trump.In any case, Biden is now inexplicably trying to make America’s case for ever closer European-Asian integration by unnecessarily angering, scaring, and marginalizing other nations. It seems that we can rely on Xi Jinping, who is not so grumpy and omnipotent.Take, for example, the recent insulting proposal by China’s wolf-warrior envoy to Paris, Lu Xie, that former Soviet republics are not truly independent sovereign states.was abnormal Stupid own goal.Beijing grumbled and distanced himself from Lu, but did not apologize. This episode offers a useful lesson. If this is what China’s future global leadership means, watch out.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/may/07/in-new-battle-for-the-pacific-us-and-china-force-regional-states-to-take-sides In a new battle for the Pacific, the United States and China force allies in the region | Simon Tisdal

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